Hundreds of people on Monday paid their last respects at the Jerusalem funeral for Hadar Buchris, 21, who was killed Sunday in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank.
“Our dear, beautiful Hadar, so smart and sensitive. You had a big heart,” her father, Aryeh, said in his eulogy. “Everything was still ahead of you; you wanted to accomplish so much. We’re devastated by your tragic passing. You left us shocked and in pain. We can hardly bear it.
“You’re one of those larger-than-life girls. The pain is immense, so immense, but we’ll be strong and continue to unite the family more than ever. I promise you that. We will never stop missing you and thinking about you.”
Maayan Buchris, the victim’s sister, said, “I don’t know what I’ll do now, who I’ll call when things are difficult.
“Just last week, you stayed with me for Shabbat and we slept in the same bed, hugging each other. I would sing to you, and you would sing to me,” she said in her eulogy. “You wanted to get married and have children, but I see that you were meant for greater things — that you are a great person.”
Buchris, who returned to Israel from a backpacking trip in India two weeks ago, was administered emergency treatment at the scene of the terror attack on Sunday before ambulances evacuated her to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in nearby Jerusalem, where she was pronounced dead.
The hospital’s Dr. Ofer Merin said Buchris had been stabbed multiple times in the head, heart area and chest. She arrived in critical condition, with no blood pressure and not breathing. “We attempted resuscitation several times, but in the end we had to pronounce her dead.”
The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces at the scene. The Shin Bet security service later named him as Wissam Tawabte, 34, from Beit Fajjar, a nearby Palestinian village. He did not have previous links to terror activity, the Shin Bet said.
Hailing from Netanya, Hadar Buchris attended school in Safed and the Golan Heights, majoring in theater, before completing two years of national service working with children and youth, first at a moshav near Tiberias, then at a kibbutz in the area of Beit She’an. She joined the Zohar college in Bat Ayin, not far from where she was killed, after touring in the Far East.